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Baird / Ishii / Stone Japanese Green Tea IPA 9.2% (2011)

Formerly brewed at Stone Brewing
Style: Imperial IPA
Escondido, California USA
Serve in Shaker, Snifter


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RATINGS: 287   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
A wonderful spirit of camaraderie, cooperation and mutual support exists in the world of craft brewing. We have harnessed this spirit fully in the crafting of this special collaborative brew dedicated to the resilient people of Japan who are bravely endeavoring to overcome the tragedy of the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami. We tip our brewing hats to the quiet elegance and humble sophistication of Japanese culture through the judicious addition of Japanese whole leaf green tea to this big, bold, spicy and herbal IPA. Cheers, Japan!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ross (2146) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - DEC 12, 2011
Bottle. Smell is intense fruit and citrus, with a touch of tea but mostly dominate by hops. Pine, straw, grapefruit, really good smell. Taste is bold and kind of sweet. The tea comes through in small doses, but the hops just dominate and this just turns into a stronger version of ruination with a tea-esque flavor. Interesting beer though, and I did enjoy it. Probably because Ruination remains one of my favorite DIPAs.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BK7 (773) - Turner, Oregon, USA - DEC 11, 2011
Bottle. Bitter at the beginning but fading away towards the finish. Very dry. The green tea leaves add an interesting flavor. Glad I gave this a try.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
arondee (601) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - DEC 6, 2011
Pours an hazy orange color with a nice white head. Aroma is oranges, tea, and herbs. The taste is so incredibly dry I can’t stand it, unsweetened green tea, some alcohol, hops, and herbs. I’m not a fan at all and I was pretty excited for this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Christian (12953) - Odense, DENMARK - DEC 2, 2011
RBESG August 2011, grand tasting. Cloudy orange with a small white head. Fruity aroma with peach and orange. Sweet fruity flavour with a touch of tea

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
esjaygee (3904) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 30, 2011
Murky apricot with suspended particles and a quickly fading white head. Aroma is herbal as expected with caramel, orange and some earthy hops. Taste is herbal as well with orange, citrus, light pine, sweet malt and a touch of booze. Bitterness is moderate, perhaps a touch light for the style. Another beer that was interesting to try once.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 29, 2011
12 oz bottle on 11/21/11. deep golden / orange pour with a 1+ finger white head. herbal bitter nose. medium body with citrus bitterness, spice and light caramel malts. lasting herbal bitter finish with spices and citrus hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
radagast83 (7388) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - NOV 23, 2011
Shared 12oz bottle. Poured a golden yellow color with a lot of sediment floating in there. Aroma is standard hoppy india pale ale, hops, not a lot green tea aroma. Flavor is hoppy but the green tea is pretty much hidden here. Still a good brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jazz88 (2669) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 23, 2011
Bottle. A murky yellow orange color with floates. A fruity and herbal aroma that nicely compliments the hops. A medium body, smooth, heavy and wet on the palate with a dry finish. The flavors are muted as the green tea dampens the hops. A nice beer but not something to come back to.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
anders37 (23355) - Malmö, SWEDEN - NOV 23, 2011
Bottle @ RBESG 2011 Grand Tasting at Dean Swift, Tower Bridge SE1. Pours a yellow color with a small white head. Has a fruity hoppy spicy citrus aroma. Fruity malty hoppy bitter grapefruit flavor. Has a fruity malty hoppy bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beershine (5224) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - NOV 21, 2011
Bottle. Half an inch of particulates at the bottom. Poured carefully, yields a practically opaque orange brew with unfortunately limp head. Smells more like mandarin orange than green tea at first, and then after a few minutes of warming, it smells like green tea but not brewed green tea, more like green tea ice cream. And that orange essence persists in this unique and delicate aroma. Palate a bit oily but is soft. Nice herbal character, and again that orange essence flavor emerges, yielding to a very pleasant dry leafy finish. The flavors reveal a good partnership between citrus hop and mellow tea. In fact, I wouldn’t mind being hit on the head even more with the tea. I tend to vibe off of tea beer, especially the tea + hops formula. This is pretty tasty stuff I could drink more of. Wow, is it really 9+%? I would never have known.

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